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Don't rest on your laurels- Season 4 update

August 14, 2017 by newbiemj
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Build 1
Build 2
Build 3

General build order

Smite God: Nike

Item Purchase Order

Item 1 (Pick 1)

Build Item Warrior Tabi
Build Item Reinforced Greaves

Item 2- Protection (Pending opponent and game mode)

Build Item Breastplate of Valor Build Item Hide of the Urchin Build Item Genji's Guard Build Item Gladiator's Shield

3rd Item

Build Item Jotunn's Wrath

Item 4 (Protection)

Build Item Breastplate of Valor Build Item Genji's Guard Build Item Void Shield Build Item Ancile Build Item Bulwark of Hope

Item 5 (Damage

Build Item Brawler's Beat Stick Build Item Masamune Build Item Titan's Bane

Last Item (Protection or Damage)

Build Item Runic Shield Build Item Stone Cutting Sword Build Item Void Shield Build Item Shifter's Shield Build Item Titan's Bane

Utility items (If needed)

Build Item Runic Shield Build Item Shifter's Shield Build Item Frostbound Hammer Build Item Winged Blade

Example build

Build Item Warrior Tabi Build Item Hide of the Urchin Build Item Jotunn's Wrath Build Item Breastplate of Valor Build Item Titan's Bane Build Item Runic Shield

God Skill Order


Rend 1 4 6 7 10 key bind

Plan of Action

Plan of Action 2 8 11 12 14 key bind

Valiant Leap

Valiant Leap 3 15 16 18 19 key bind

Sentinel of Zeus

Sentinel of Zeus 5 9 13 17 20 key bind

Don't rest on your laurels- Season 4 update

August 14, 2017


8/14- Updated as of Patch 4.15

Old changes


Hello all, Welcome to my build guide for Nike, The Greek Goddess of Victory.

I am shooting to give a short, sweet and simple explanation on how/ why these items work well with Nike. I will assume you know the basics to Smite like, Buff camps, minions, rotating etc. If not feel free to check out any of the Overarching Guides done by Branmuffin17 to get a feel of the tactics used in Smite.

Nike is mostly an ability based warrior who can help slow down her opponents with her ultimate Sentinel of Zeus which also serves as a good initiator to taking down towers. She has pretty good wave clearing with her Rend when it is buffed with Plan of Action. She is a popular choice at the moment with about 1.62% pick rate which places her 18/84 according to SmiteGuru.

..... Pros .....

- Good initiator with Rend
- Can tower dive well
- Good in team fights
- First two Auto attacks deal AOE damage
.... Cons ....

- Squishy early game
- Can be Mana hungry
- Long cooldowns
- Rend can be easily disrupted with CC


To Victory!

Nike sets out 3 goals. Each goal achieved brings more power and movement speed.
    Goal #1- Eliminate 10 Gods as a team.
    Goal #2- Eliminate 250 minions as a team.
    Goal #3- Have two allies at level 20.
To Victory!

Her main damage option. This is her best ability in my opinion. It has great range and power. This enhanced is your final blow usually
Max this first.

Ability Video

Plan of Action
Your enhancer buff. Makes your abilities deadlier and an additional special effect. Rend gets 3 hits instead of 2. Valiant Leap is quicker and Sentinel of Zeus gets bigger shields and bigger slow.
Max this second.
Plan of Action

Ability Video

Valiant Leap
A leap that can be used as a poke or escape. Enemies gods hit will knock up into the air. Good disruption move to stop someone.
Max this last.
Valiant Leap

Ability Video

Sentinel of Zeus
Enemies caught in her shockwave are slowed and take some damage. You also gain a shield. The damage is not the greatest, but can secure you some kills.
Max this when available.
Sentinel of Zeus

Ability Video

Combo Wombos

Nike has an unlimited number of combos possible since she has variations of using Plan of Action or not on different abilities. I will only go through a couple basic ones, with the alternatives being when you want to use Plan of Action






Items for Non-Conquest

Nike is mostly an ability based god. So all of my builds have full CDR or very close to it. I feel she is weaker earlier game and really shines mid to late game when everything comes online. You will be high defensive with good disruption with Rend


One must always have boots. Boots give movement speed and a couple of other attributes depending on what you need/want. Listed below are 2 options. I did not include Ninja Tabi as she doesn't need the additional attack speed as she is ability based.

Usual go to boots for most physical Gods. It provides 40 power and 18% movement speed. The extra power will aid in minion clearing and also providing a little more muscle to your attacks.

Replacement / situational items

Second Item (Protection)

I go protection item as my second item, since Nike is squishy early game without her ultimate. Depending on the makeup of other team, is what item I get. Examples of items I have used:

High CDR, affordable, Mana, and physical protections. Usually get this when more physical gods than magical.

Replacement / situational items

Third Item

This is basically always my 3rd item. If facing mostly squishies, I could maybe switch this and 2nd item around, but as a damage taker that you should be, I like the early protection over the early damage. As her damage is decent early game without damage items.

This is a must on her, as it provides a lot of things needed for her. It provides a little bit of everything. Mana, power, penetration, CDR. This is always my 3rd item. Can be used as item 2 though if confident on protections and how you feel.

After item 3, it varies on what you can do from here. If you are getting punished to easily, go another defensive item at 4 possibly 5. If faring well against enemy team, go damage at 4 and do protection at 5

A list of usable damage items

More power and penetration for attacks. A decent penetration item, but can be kind of inefficient with Rend's protection shredding. This is better later as more protections are built by enemy team, but mostly core for me on her.

Replacement / situational items

A list of usable Magical protection items

If you are getting pummeled by Magical enemies try any of these listed below.

Little bit of health, 60 magical protections, and some Crowd Control Reduction. The shield is also nice as well. Its a great item if you do not have any other additional health items since her ultimate's shield is based on her health.

Replacement / situational items

A list of usable Physical protection items

Mostly physical gods or just need some more physical protection beef. Use one of these:

I didn't include Breastplate of Valor in this list as it is basically core for her and gotten early like item 2 or 3. These are items that you could get in addition to it.
Power, Protections and protection shred. Good complement to Nike's up close and personal style. This with Rend you are shredding good amount of protections

Replacement / situational items

A list of usable Dual protection items

If you want more balanced protections get one of these:

You could get away with just one of these as your only protection item, but I would not recommend it. One of these and another defensive item or 2 makes Nike very tough to kill. With high defense and high cooldown, she becomes a nuisance for the enemy team.
]Little, cheaper sibling to Mantle of Discord. It gives nice balanced protections and some Crowd Control reduction. If facing heavy CC enemy team, this will help you by mitigating additional damage when you are hit by hard crowd control which could help you survive a fight.

Replacement / situational items

Utility items

Substitute an item for an utility item to counter enemy gods:

Gives health, Crowd Control reduction, Movement and Attack speed. The passive is nice if facing a bunch of enemies with slows.

Decisions, decisions

First off, one build is NOT perfect for every situation. You need to tailor builds with a few things in mind. However, I do run mostly a heavy protection build.

Enemy Team makeup- This will help tailor your protection items. If mostly magical, you would focus more on Magical protections and vice verse. If a team is mostly squishy enemies, you could get away with a higher powered build, but if they are burst type gods, you could just bog down on protections.

Own Team makeup- If you have other tankier teammates, you could get away with a more higher powered build. On the flip side, if you are the only Warrior or Guardian type god, you would build tanky so you can provide protection to your teammates.

With the nerf to Sentinel of Zeus, Nike is not near as tanky as she used to be especially early game. I usually build heavy protection items (usually ones with power) on her (lately around 3 to 4 items since last update) since she has to be in the thick of things to do damage.

A safe build would be heavy protection build if you are just starting out. Something like Reinforced Greaves , Hide of the Urchin , Jotunn's Wrath , Shifter's Shield , Damage item, Void Shield. This gives good overall protections and decent power. It only has 20% CDR which hurts since her Cooldowns are long, but you should be able to survive well enough while providing support.

Conquest items

Nike excels as a Solo laner in Conquest. She can jungle, but I have no experience with Jungling with her so I will not discuss it as this time. With her Rend and Plan of Action she can clear the minion lane fairly well but can be shut down with CC. If Death toll is your starter item you could focus on doing two AA (which produce AOE damage) to trigger the passive more helping you sustain. With her Ultimate she can damage towers when most people would die trying. I will mostly talk about the items to choose and why instead of on how to play Conquest, since I am not very experienced with Conquest. If you need that you can always look at BranMuffin's Overarching Conquest guide to get tips on how to Solo Lane.

Starter Items

Starter item for a more aggressive approach. It helps with wave clearing early. The mana helps, but not necessarily needed if you have potions and the Mana buff. The downfall is that Rend can be stopped by CC which would make this item less effective..

Replacement / situational items


More power than Reinforced Greaves. Helps clear minions better. Get if feel comfortable with your opponent and feel that you can bully them more.

Replacement / situational items

Items 3,4

A good item after your boots are finished. Gives CDR which Nike needs, some penetration, and power. Pick after boots if handling solo enemy fine. If pressed thought or behind, pick defense based on your enemy instead.

Replacement / situational items

Items 5,6,7(sell starter)

A nice item that gives you what you need when you need it. Gives you more power when above 50% health or more protections when below it. Has both Magical and Physical protections to help even out your protection scheme
If you feel comfortable with protections. You can always use more penetration to deal more damage.
Nike is a solid teamfighter late game with her ultimate. With Masamune's passive, she gains some more protections with nearby enemies. +50 power as well will be beneficial to her late game.

Replacement / situational items

Situational Items (Sub in if needed)

If you are facing a healer in your solo lane. This will help slow that down. It is easier to use that Brawler's as you just have to get close to reduce healing instead of hit with abilities.
Another anti-healer item. The base stats are really nice to with 40 power and 15 penetration. Could be used in more situations than facing healers.
Gives some more penetration and some attack speed and power. If you hit an enemy god with a basic attack, it reduces your ability cool downs 1 second.Nike doesn't necessarily need this but a little extra attack speed doesn't hurt if she has good protections in place.


Special thanks to the following:

Zerostrike for his Spruce up your words guide and helping out with some coding issues.

Technotoad for his Color Compilation guide

Zilby for his Template Guide

Branmuffin17 for feedback when asked.

If you like this guide, check out my others!

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